In the record book: Tied for second on the all-time doubles list with 45 (needs just two to become school?s all-time leader) ? Tied for fifth on the all-time home run list with 23 ? Seventh on the all-time RBI list with 128.
2000: GTE/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America selection for second year in a row ? Third-team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in all but one game, leading team in overall hitting (.376), doubles (19) and RBI (50) ? His 77 hits placed him fifth on the school?s single-season list, while his 19 doubles tied him for third and his 50 RBI was good for seventh ? Also topped Wildcats in slugging percentage (.561) and on-base percentage (.436) ? Led team with 14 multiple-RBI games and tied for second with 22 multiple-hit games (nine 3-hit games) ? Enjoyed hitting streaks of nine games (3/23-4/4), eight games (4/14-423) and seven games (3/3-3/20) ? Hit safely in nine of last 11 games ? In season opener, went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI vs. Northern Iowa (2/17) ? Earned Big Ten Player of the Week after being named Most Valuable Player of the Homestead (Fla.) Challenge ? During that tournament, went 7-for-13 (.539) with five runs and four RBI ? In championship game vs. Ohio State, went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI ? 8-for-15 (.533) with three runs and five RBI vs. Penn State (5/12-5/14) ? 7-for-15 (.467) with two RBI vs. Illinois (3/31-4/2) ? Went 2-for-4 in Big Ten Tournament game vs. Minnesota (5/18) ? Defensively, threw out 19 of 51 base stealers (37.3%) including 13 of 27 (48.2%) in Big Ten play.
1999: GTE/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in all but one game, starting 51 at catcher, and finished third on the team with a .342 average ... Led team with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs (8 HR, 21 RBIs vs. Big Ten) ... With two years left, already ninth on the all-time HR list with 18 ... Also tied for team lead with 13 doubles and 110 total bases ... 19 multiple-hit games, including six three-hit outings and one four-hit game (SE Louisiana) ... Opened season going 2-for-4 vs. Pacific with two RBIs and two runs scored ... Went 5-for-5 with three HR and five RBIs in first two games vs. Minnesota ... Had three consecutive two-hit games vs. Purdue ... 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs vs. Hawaii ... 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs vs. Notre Dame ... Defensively, threw out 20 of 77 basestealers (26.0%).
1998: Made 28 starts as catcher ? Led team in home runs and was second in doubles ? Threw out 11 runners in Big Ten play, second best in the Big Ten in 1998 ? Batted .417 during four-game series vs. Ohio State March 27-29 ? Batted .356 with runners on base and .394 with two outs ? Hit three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat Northern Illinois, 11-8, 4/28 ? Started in the No. 5 slot four times, at No. 7 once and in the No. 8 slot 23 times ? Had 11 multiple-RBI games despite the low batting slot.
High School: USA Today Wisconsin Player of the Year ? Appleton Post Crescent Player of the Year ? First-team all-state honoree by Wisconsin High School Coaches Association ? Hit .516 with nine homers, 35 RBIs and a 1.097 slugging percentage as a senior ? Led Appleton North to the Fox Valley Association conference title in 1996.
Personal: Born Joseph Carl Hietpas on May 1, 1979 ? Son of Donald and Kristine Hietpas ? Majoring in economics.
Hietpas' Career Stats
|Yr. ||Avg. ||G ||AB ||R ||H ||2B ||3B ||HR ||RBI ||SB|
|1998 ||.319 ||43 ||113 ||18 ||36 ||13 ||0 ||7 ||34 ||1|
|1999 ||.342 ||52 ||187 ||36 ||64 ||13 ||0 ||11 ||44 ||3|
|2000 ||.376 ||56 ||205 ||29 ||77 ||19 ||2 ||5 ||50 ||1|
|Totals ||.350 ||151 ||505 ||83 ||177 ||45 ||2 ||23 ||128 ||5|